- The boat captain of F/B GEMVIR1 has decided not to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte
- It has been reported that Junel Isigne was still too “traumatized” by the incident
- The owner of the boat and the cook are still expected to attend the meeting
The boat captain of F/B GEMVIR1 that was involved in a collision with a Chinese vessel has decided not to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.
KAMI learned that Junel Insigne was expected to travel to Metro Manila. However, he made a last-minute decision to head back home to Occidental Mindoro.
In a report by the GMA News (author Anna Felicia Bajo), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Elizer Salilig noted that Insigne was still too “traumatized” by the incident to travel.
As reported by the CNN Philippines, the owner of the sunken ship and cook Richard Blaza are still expected to attend the said meeting, as invited by the Malacañang. Blaza was reportedly the only one awake when the Chinese ship hit the Filipino vessel on June 9.
Insigne shared that their ship was anchored and the crew was resting when the incident happened. He added that their boat started to sink, and they struggled for about three hours in cold sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese vessel.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Chinese government said that the incident was an “ordinary maritime accident” and it was not a “hit-and-run.”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. has already announced that a diplomatic protest was filed against China. The Palace also noted that it is possible to cut diplomatic ties with China after such aggressive acts, and if it was proven that the incident was “intentional.”
However, President Duterte has yet to comment on the issue. He has not mentioned anything yet about the incident even during his recent speeches.
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